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Little Rock: Health Care

Medical facilities in the Greater Little Rock area provide comprehensive, quality service for more than two million people in the metropolitan area and the state. Little Rock itself has 650 physicians and surgeons in 11 hospitals and 70 clinics, with bed space for more than 5,000 patients. The largest among these is Baptist Medical Center, which houses cardiac and cancer units and the state's only rehabilitation institute. St. Vincent's Health System, founded in 1888, is one of the city's oldest healthcare institutions. Its network includes an infirmary medical center, a doctors' hospital, a North Little Rock medical center, a rehabilitation hospital, and various medical clinics and free community clinics. The city's third largest facility is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the state's only comprehensive academic health center. Founded in 1879 as a proprietary medical school by a group of eight physicians with 22 students, the institution is affiliated with the Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. The geriatrics clinical care program of UAMS was ranked 32nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (July 12, 2004).